Kline's language includes an oversight requirement aimed at ensuring that the DOD is properly screening people trying to join the military.
Kline's amendment was added to H.R. 2397, the 2014 Defense Department spending bill, which the House is expected to approve sometime this week. During Tuesday's consideration of the bill, members approved several amendments by voice vote aimed at boosting the health of armed forces members, including language boosting funding for post-traumatic stress disorder and prostate cancer.
As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, members had disposed of amendments from:
— Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), increasing funding for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response by $10 million, offset with a cut to DOD operations and maintenance. Passed in voice vote.
— John Delaney (D-Md.), increasing the Fisher House Account by $16 million, offset with a cut to DOD operations and maintenance. The Fisher House program provides free housing to the families so they can be near veteran family members in hospitals. Passed in voice vote.
— Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonDeSantis tops Crist, Fried in poll of Florida governor race Florida Rep. Val Demings officially enters Senate race against Rubio Demings raises Democrats' hopes in uphill fight to defeat Rubio MORE (D-Fla.), increasing the Defense Health Program Account by $10 million to fund a cure for Gulf War Illness. Passed in voice vote.
— Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), increasing the Defense Human Resources Activity account by $10 million to help fund mental health research, offset by cuts to DOD operations. Passed in voice vote.
— Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), boosting funding for the Cyber Security Advanced Research by $5 million, offset by an operations cut. Not offered
— Langevin, adding $22 million to promote undersea technologies at the Navy, offset by an operations cut. Rejected in voice vote.
— Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeBest shot at narrowing racial homeownership gap at risk, progressives say Youth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Gears begin to shift in Congress on stalled Biden agenda MORE (D-Texas), increasing funding to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder by $500,000, offset by a cut to the Army's environment restoration program. Passed in voice vote.
— Jackson Lee, reducing funding for defense-wide procurement by $1 million and moving it to the spending reduction account. Withdrawn.
— Jackson Lee, reducing funding for defense-wide procurement by $2 million and moving it to the spending reduction account. Withdrawn.
— Jackson Lee, increasing the Defense Health program by $10 million, offset by a reduction in the Defense procurement account. Passed in voice vote.
The House also approved two sets of amendments en bloc. The first included amendments from:
— Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerProgressives cheer, moderates groan as Biden visit caps chaotic week Democratic factions dig in, threatening fate of infrastructure vote Lawmakers using leadership PACs as 'slush funds' to live lavish lifestyles: report MORE (D-Wash.), directing funds to run a study on how the DOD handles data errors related to service members in the Defense Manpower Data Center.
— Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), adding $10 million to the Defense Health Program for suicide prevention awareness and outreach in the Overseas Contingency Account, offset by cutting the Afghan Security Forces Fund.
— Pete Sessions (R-Texas), boosting the Defense Health Program by $10 million to create a pilot program on traumatic brain injury, offset by operations cuts.
— Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineSpaceX all-civilian crew returns to Earth, successfully completing 3-day mission SpaceX all-civilian crew calls Tom Cruise from space How will Biden's Afghanistan debacle impact NASA's Artemis return to the moon? MORE (R-Okla.), increasing the National Guard State Partnership Program by $10 million and offsetting with operations cuts.
— David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyTwo GOP incumbents vow to run in redrawn West Virginia district Investing in low-emissions energy is the key to the climate crisis OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court rules that pipeline can seize land from New Jersey | Study: EPA underestimated methane emissions from oil and gas development | Kevin McCarthy sets up task forces on climate, other issues MORE (R-W.Va.), increasing a youth challenge program by $10 million and cutting operations.
— Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDemocratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List MORE (D-Calif.), increasing funding to combat illicit poaching and trafficking of animal products by $3 million, offsetting with operations cuts.
— Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), increasing the Defense Health Program by $5 million to reduce military hazing and suicides.
— Grayson, increasing the Defense Health Program by $10 million to boost prostate cancer research.
— Esty, adding $5 million in funding for support services like the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for members of the National Guard and Reserve, offset by an operations cut.
The second en bloc group included Kline's language on sex offenders, as well as amendments from:
— Alan Lowenthal (D-Calf.), increasing funding for the STARBASE Youth Program by $5 million, to promote science and engineering studies, and cutting the same amount from DOD maintenance.
— Tim GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinArkansas legislature splits Little Rock in move that guarantees GOP seats Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Trump announces new tranche of endorsements MORE (R-Ark.), prohibiting the use of funds to modify or cancel the C-130 modernization program.
— Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), prohibiting the use of funds to remove any part of the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego.
— Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), prohibiting the use of funds for reducing force structure at Lajes Field in Portugal.
— Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), prohibiting funding for unapproved foreign carrier flights.
— Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosTwo House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms Two senior House Democrats to retire Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse MORE (D-Ill.), prohibiting the DOD from buying American flags not made in the United States.
— Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), requiring all vehicles bought by the DOD to meet President Obama's fuel efficiency standards.
— Grayson (D-Fla.), blocking DOD contracts with contractors convicted of crimes against the government, such as fraud.
— Grayson, prohibiting the use of funds to engage in torture or conspiracy to commit torture.
— Grayson, prohibiting funding for the addition of flag or general officers above current levels.
— Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), prohibiting the DOD from funding aviation demonstration teams performing outside the United States.